Kody Bender, Isaiah Walton lead Elyria Pioneers over Parma Redmen (ROUNDUP)

PARMA — Isaiah Walton scored a game-high 30 points and Kody Bender added 23 as the Elyria Pioneers defeated the Parma Redmen, 79-69, Friday night in Northeast Ohio Conference action.

Bender scored 13 of his points in the first quarter in which Elyria (16-5, 7-2) jumped out to a 23-14 lead. Parma soared back in the second quarter, though, and trailed just 39-38 at the half.

Walton took over in the third, scoring 14 points to give the Pioneers a five-point lead heading into the fourth. Elyria held Parma to just 12 points in the fourth.

“It was a tale of two halves,” Elyria coach Brett Larrick said. “Shooting-wise we really got out in transition.”

The Pioneers were able to fend off eight 3-pointers from the Redmen, who recevied 18 points from Anthony Schmook, 16 from Marko Janjetovic, and 11 apiece from Chris Rantanes and Skylar Pastva.

Firelands 49, Black River 37: Firelands traveled to Black River and brought a stingy defense with it.

The Falcons held the Pirates to eight points in both the first and third quarters to send Black River to its 20th loss of the season.

Nicholas Bauer tied for a game-high 12 points and Joseph Hyster pitched in nine points for Firelands, who improved to 13-8 overall and 10-5 in the Patriot Athletic Conference. James Wilbond added eight points while Casey Smith and Brett Helton had scored six apiece.

The Falcons shot 88 percent (15 of 17) from the free-throw line.

New London 44, Monroeville 37: The Wildcats went on the road to sweep the season series with the Eagles in Firelands Conference play.

Cory Smith had 11 points for New London (16-2, 11-2), including a pair of 3s.

New London outscored Monroeville (3-15, 2-11) 30-18 in the second half to get the road win and vault itself into a first-place tie with Western Reserve with one more conference game left for each team.

Plymouth 54, Western Reserve 44: The Roughriders (15-5, 11-2) were upset at home by the visiting Plymouth Big Red (10-11, 7-6). Western Reserve finishes conference play on Friday night at Ashland Crestview.

Tiffin Columbian 61, Sandusky 57: Sandusky fell in double overtime at home against the Tornadoes in Northern Ohio League play. The Blue Streaks held an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter, but Tiffin Columbian came back to tie the game and send it to overtime.

Sandusky (3-17, 1-8) was outscored 9-5 in the second overtime as they lost their sixth-straight game.


Last Updated: 2/15/2013 11:56:03 PM EST

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